I have debated whether or not to post this article. Should I offer a downloadable version of my tactics, just for people to generally ignore why they work in a specific way and complain to yours truly about their perceived lack of progress or success? Ultimately, there is no right or wrong way to approach things with FM. If you’re getting more success from downloadable tactics and that feels fulfilling enough, then crack on. This article links to the latest formation of my “Riders (on the storm)” series of tactics, using both a deep and middle block in defence.
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If you care about the mechanics behind the selected roles, I recommend you read this article. If you don’t care, look at the pretty picture below. It gives you every tidbit of information you need regarding the formation and roles I have selected.
There are some individual instructions. The article I linked to in the previous paragraph describes which instructions I used on which players and my reasoning for doing so.
Low block vs middle block
In my save-game, I tend to alternate between a low block and a middle block. There is no high-block tactic because it can’t be done with formations that don’t have a striker. I cannot get my attacking midfielders to push that high up the pitch.
The picture above showcases the very minor difficulties between the low-block and middle-block versions of the game.
Do you use OI’s?
Short answer; generally not. There are a few specific situations where I do, but that is generally to eliminate an opposing playmaker or dangerous forward. These situations are so specifically tailored to my team, that I feel it is a waste of everyone’s time if I go into further detail in here.